12th March 2018, 06:55
Five Things We Learned - Eagles v Wolfpack
On Sunday afternoon, Sheffield Eagles played their first match back in the Steel City as they welcomed Toronto Wolfpack to the Olympic Legacy Park.
Unfortunately for Mark Aston’s side, there was to be no dream return on the field as the Wolfpack ran out 44-10 victors.
Matt James and Iliess Macani bagged Sheffield’s tries but Toronto proved too strong as Jonny Pownall and Richard Whiting starred with braces.
Here are the five things we learned from Sunday’s contest..
QLT comes back to haunt the Eagles
He was always going to have a decent game, wasn’t he? Quentin Laulu-Togagae also made his return to Sheffield and he showed why he’s adored by the Wolfpack faithful. The Samoan international bounced off a whole host of tackles during the afternoon and he set up the first try of the contest for Liam Kay. A good day at the office for QLT and his Wolfpack teammates.
James leads from the front
One of the standout performers for the Eagles was captain Matt James. With a deserved try for his efforts, the prop’s leadership qualities were there for all to see. Although Sheffield have yet to win a game in the Betfred Championship, they can always count on James for a good performance and that elusive victory will hopefully come sooner rather than later.
Whiting’s experience proves golden
Former Hull FC favourite Richard Whiting stood out for the Wolfpack at the weekend. He had two tries and an assist to his name and will have been a contender for any neutral’s Man of the Match award. His grubber for Blake Wallace was well weighted and typified his Super League quality.
Macani keeps up good form
Iliess Macani maintained his try-scoring prowess on Sunday against the Wolfpack, notching his third score in the last two games. Jake Spedding’s superb flick pass gave Macani the space to exploit and he made no mistake by touching down in the corner. It has been a tricky start to the season for Sheffield but if Macani can keep up this form, the Eagles will have a great chance of getting some points on the league table.
Attendance shows great signs for the Eagles
Off the pitch, the Eagles started life back in the city with a crowd of 863 – a much improved total compared to last season at Wakefield Trinity’s Beaumont Legal Stadium. The interest is certainly there from the public and the Eagles will be aiming to work on this great turnout. The atmosphere around the OLP on Sunday was terrific and even when the Eagles were behind on the scoreboard, the fans kept singing away which was acknowledged by Premier Sports commentator Dave Woods.
The club would like to thank everybody that attended Sunday’s match and we hope to see you at the Olympic Legacy Park for our next home game against Rochdale Hornets, following our double-header with Barrow Raiders at Craven Park.